To learn how you can enter to win a free copy of Am I Boring My Dog?, see the bottom of this review.
A book written in the form of questions and answers usually causes me to skim the table of contents to find the items most interesting to me. So why did I read Am I Boring My Dog (And 99 Other Things Every Dog Wishes You Knew) straight through?
Because it’s really funny. I didn’t want to miss any of the witticisms lurking in the sections I might consider missing. (Check out the footnote to question 88 where the author discusses marijuana as a risky plant for a dog to consume.)
Author Edie Jarolim doesn’t rely solely on humor, however, and has created a comprehensive yet concise guide to providing a good home for a canine companion. All the basics are covered, but Am I Boring My Dog answers questions I don’t think most dog experts have ever considered writing about. “Am I using my dog as a substitute for my kids who left for college? Or “How should I refer to my relationship with my dog?”
The greatest strength of the book lies in Edie Jarolim’s real life stories from her life with Frankie, the terrier she adopted in 2004. Frankie is Edie’s first dog and the inspiration for her research into all things dog.
Many people seeking their first doggy friend have an abstract fantasy–a sleeping hound in front of a fireplace or perhaps a canine athlete hiking partner. Edie’s stories of Frankie remind us that we’re in a relationship with our dogs–that we need to address the real likes and dislikes of our dogs instead of trying to remold them into something they are not. The Frankie stories make this a particularly valuable book for someone just starting to think about getting a dog as well as enjoyable to anyone who already loves a dog.
Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. To make sure I’m kept honest, I’m giving this copy away to one lucky reader.
To get your chance to win this book, leave a comment here with an example of something you think your (or any dog) would find boring. Or visit Something Wagging This Way Comes on Facebook and leave a comment on the link to this review. Contest is open only to readers in the United States to simplify postage. The winner will be chosen Friday, November 26, 2010 at 9 a.m. at random. (Yes, I know if it’s random you don’t need to note something your dog would find boring. But I’m thinking it will be fun. So just humor me.)
And if you’re looking for more fun swag, check out Edie Jarolim’s website Will My Dog Hate Me? during the Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway.